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This moment happened just last night, and it was truly a great one.
I had known that Randy was going to be starting a game against the M's this year, but for whatever reason, it hadn't really occurred to me that there was going to be a special moment like this.
This game was about as close to perfect as you can get. Due to the fact that Randy wasn't going for his 300th win, it wasn't quite as tough for Mariners fans to decide who to root for.
I think I probably had the same hopes as most Seattle fans - I wanted the Big Unit to pitch well, but I still wanted the Mariners to win the game. Well, last night was a great night for anyone who felt the way I did.
The game turned out to be a pitchers duel between Randy and the young Jason Vargas, with the Giants holding a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning.
After Johnson gave up an RBI single to Jose Lopez to tie the game, followed by a bloop single by Yuniesky Betancourt to load the bases, it was time for Randy to make his exit.
As he walked towards the dugout, the Seattle faithful gave him a magical and well-deserved standing ovation to show their thanks.
Randy, being the class act that he is, reciprocated. He tipped his hat to the fans, in such a way that you could easily tell how much Seattle means to him.
As this moment unfolded, people all over the city had goose bumps take over their bodies, and in some cases felt their eyes well up with tears; something that I certainly wasn't exempt from.
I hope that I speak for Mariners fans everywhere when I say, thanks for everything, Randy.